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Lori’s List: Television highlights for the week of Nov. 18

 
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Updated: April 14, 2014 4:48PM



“DOCTOR WHO: THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR” (1:50 p.m. Saturday, BBC America): On Nov. 23, 1963, a time lord known as the Doctor invaded the BBC’s airwaves. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of television’s longest-running sci-fi series, this hotly anticipated special will be globally simulcast to Whovians in more than 75 countries. It features the 10th and 11th doctors, David Tennant and Matt Smith, embarking on what’s sure to be a mind-bending adventure across space and time.

“ATLANTIS” (8 p.m. Saturday, BBC America): A young man’s search for his father lands him in the ancient fabled city of Atlantis, populated by the familiar likes of Medusa, Pythagoras and a portly Hercules (Mark Addy, better known as King Robert Baratheon in “Game of Thrones”). The 13-part series feels like a G-rated version of that HBO hit, without the top-notch writing and production. Even so, it’s decent, family-friendly escapism for fans of supernatural TV. Rating: ★★½

“SARAH SILVERMAN: WE ARE MIRACLES” (9 p.m. Saturday, HBO): Silverman stars in her first HBO comedy special and absolutely nothing is off limits in the ★★★ show — not Jesus, 9/11 widows or her parents’ private parts. Few comics could get away with such an irreverent act, but Silverman pulls it off with her disconnected style that blends vulgarity and vulnerability. Saturday also marks the premiere of a more benign stand-up routine, “Bill Cosby: Far from Finished.” The 90-minute show starting at 7 p.m. on Comedy Central marks the legendary comic’s first televised special in 30 years. Rating: ★★

“GETTING ON” (9 p.m. Sunday, HBO): Get ready to laugh and cry with this touching new comedy about a dysfunctional team of nurses and doctors caring for aging patients in a hospital’s extended-care wing. Steppenwolf Theatre alum Laurie Metcalf stars as an egocentric physician with a questionable bedside manner. Niecy Nash and Highland Park native Alex Borstein shine as overworked, underappreciated nurses stuck with red tape and problematic patients. Based on a British TV series with the same name, the six-episode season comes from the co-creators of HBO’s “Big Love.” Rating: ★★★

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